Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tips for Hanging Out Laundry on Your Clothesline


Something inside of me finds it therapeutic to hang out my laundry. Anyone else there with me? Today, I want to share with you some tips to hanging out your laundry on the clothesline.


I know, I get this from my momma. It is not uncommon for me to get a text from my mom saying, I hope my laundry dries well today. Usually, I text her back and say that I hope mine does as well. 

Saving money, using the fresh air that God has provided, being outside...can you beat that with a little metal box?

Last year, my SIL got this clothes line at a garage sale for $1. She didn't want it, so she sold it to me. I love that $1 purchase.

Here are a few tips that will help you hang out your laundry.
  • Hang the heaviest items on the outside so that they dry faster.
  • Hang shirts from the bottom so under the arms dry well.
  • Hang things you don't want your neighbors to see on the inside.
  • Spread out your laundry so that it dries better.
  • Hang your socks together so that taking them down is easier.
  • Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
I asked my husband for more tips. His tip was, to do what your wife says. Oh my! Do you have any more tips to share?

You can read about my preferences when if comes to picking clothespins.

I also shared some ideas about buying or making clothespin bags.

I would love to hear input on clotheslines. I don't have any experience except on the umbrella clothesline.

Linking up to Authentic Simplicity

20 comments:

  1. I want to come up with a way to add a clothesline to my deck

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  2. I have been wanting on of these for years. Maybe this post will finally motivate me to go get one.

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    1. You should get one! I am going to be doing some posts on clothespins and bags, so that might help you out in the decision making.

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  3. Love your tips! We have some fold-up indoor drying racks that I love to use inside in the winter when the weather is too yucky to put anything outside. The bonus is that I'm pretty sure it restores some moisture to the air inside our house that gets so incredibly dry from our forced air heating. So-- I guess that's saving us from running the humidifier like we used to!

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    1. Yes, I might have to try something similar this winter! How long does it usually take for your stuff to dry inside in the winter?

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  4. I hang dry some of the laundry indoors, but now that I'm doing cloth diapers I want to start hanging outside. So glad you linked up at Romance on a dime again. Hope to see you this Tuesday!

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    1. They say the sun really helps to bleach out cloth diapers. I just love my stuff drying outside!

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  5. I use to live in a house with no trees and I would hang my clothes on hangers along the back fence. It worked well. They tilted away from the fence and got enough air flow and I would flip them once.

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    1. Amazing what we can do when we set our mind to it! Great idea to use what you already have, Lori!

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  6. Here's my 23 years of clothesline experience summed up in 7 articles! My parents have an umbrella dryer like that; I like it pretty well, except that there is a risk of throwing it off balance if you hang something heavy on one side, in which case it will suddenly collapse on you. I have had clotheslines in my basement in the last 3 homes, but I previously put them on a balcony or (when I lived in one room) right across the room above the furniture.
    ---'Becca

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    1. Hey Becca! Thanks for your response. I have never had my umbrella clothesline fold up on me, so that it interesting to me that your parents have.
      I am curious how you keep your clothes from smelling like basement it you dry them in the basement.

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  7. Hi From Central Alberta, Canada!

    We got an umbrella clothesline for free from someone who was actually going to trash it! I have always hung my laundry outdoors. In response to Cindy's question about making one on her deck, I string 1/4" nylon rope tightly back and forth diagonally through the balusters
    and around the railing. So it's a clothesline in the corner. Our "laundry season" is very short, but I can use this setup almost year round because the deck is sunny and open to the wind. Saves me a ton on electricity!

    Hope this helps Cindy!
    Val
    artsybuildinglady.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks for helping out Cindy! I do find it interesting that you hang out your clothes all year long in cold Canada!

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  8. Hi Lydia,

    I should have highlighted the word "almost" in my comment. All year round would be awesome!

    Val
    artsybuildinglady.blogspot.ca

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    1. I am still impressed with almost the whole year!

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  9. Visiting from Mom's Small Victories. :) I can't wait to start hanging things out again! Hoping the warm weather comes soon. :)

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    1. I know I got one load out the other day and today we have snow! Not hanging out my laundry today!

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  10. Thanks for the tips and sharing with Small Victories Sunday! Pinned and shared!

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    1. Thanks for pinning and sharing, Tanya. I love hanging out my laundry!

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